Meditations from the Mat: Instructor Book Review


       When we interviewed fellow yoga instructor Amy Rhodes to ask her what the most influential book has been upon her yoga journey, she was quickly able to pin point "Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga." A fellow yogi friend recommended the book to her years ago, and she, too, recommends it to just about everybody, whether they be a student, instructor, or even those without a yoga practice. It really is a book for all! Read what else Amy has to say about her favorite book.

Book Title: Meditations from the Mat

Authors: Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison

Year Published: 2002

About the book:  A collection of daily reflections on the path of yoga

About the authors:  Rolf grew up in the Boston area, has a degree in American history, became an Airborne Ranger and later an addictions counselor specializing in adolescents. In 1997 he became certified to teach Kripalu yoga. Kenison has an extensive list of editing work, lives near Boston and began practicing yoga with Rolf in 2000.

What was your favorite line or quote from the book?

There are many! Here are two that I particularly love:

“When we do feel lost or uncertain, drifting away from our practice, blocked from our own truth, it helps to remember that darkness and confusion, too, are part of the path. The hero’s journey is a journey inward. Yoga is not a workout, it is a work IN.”

“All too often when life happens, things don’t go well, or go as expected, we don’t remain patient. We need to trust the process.”

Has the book enhanced your personal yoga practice? How?

Absolutely. I read and re-read it quite a bit. This book has 365 daily easy reads. It’s been a great way to start my day and a daily reminder to live yoga.

How has the book influenced your role as a yoga instructor?

First, I love the cover of this book – it’s beautiful. I occasionally set it near my mat and read a quote at the end of class. It truly is a reminder to live your yoga off of the mat.  As an instructor, I feel it is important to foster that environment.

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